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1 Topic of Concern Totals Ranking of Concerns Assistance & Information on Aging & Disability Resources Health Care (36) # Uncertainty of where to begin looking for 3 Independence Aging in help Community (8) # Elder Abuse, Neglect or Financial Exploitation () #3 Lack of knowledge on what to search for 3 Transportation () #4 Lack of technology or inability to use technology to find information and resources Cost & eligibility requirements of available resources identified How to reach those without computers Retirement Security (0) #5 Assistance & Information on Aging & Disability Resources (8) #6 Total for Assistance & Information on Aging & Disability Resources 8 Elder Abuse or Neglect; Financial Exploitation Lack of knowledge on what is elder Uncertainty on how to identify elder Lack of knowledge on reporting abuse, neglect or exploitation to Adult Protective Services and how they can help Lack of knowledge on prevention of elder *licensed notary publics need training Victim s reluctance to report abuse, neglect or exploitation due to fear, embarrassment, feelings of hopelessness No licensing requirement for home care workers increases risk of abuse/fraud State doesn t require banks to accept legal POA s

2 Seniors victimized and barriers to helping How to inquire about scam 800 number 4 to call to inquire? Lack of in-home services in rural areas that help lessen potential for abuse, neglect or exploitation Total for Elder Abuse or Neglect; Financial Exploitation Health Care Cost of health care *doctor s offices not accepting Medicare patients Access to health care services, 3 providers & medical and/or mobility aids *specific to VA services in Verde Valley *limited healthcare plans (3 or 4) in area *VA care not covered by Medicare & billed to patient *transportation needed for health care Affordable and accessible oral health care Healthy aging & managing chronic disease such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, etc. *health issues result of poor health habits so education/change required Prevention of falls that can lead to hospitalization, significant change in health status and institutionalization *coordinated effort with fire depts. to identify/assist seniors at risk * Homeless shelters turn away older adults who identify with a fall risk Impact of, cost of care and support related to Alzheimer s disease and related disorders 5

3 Funding to train direct care workers Difficulty navigating LTC system Hard to qualify for Medicaid Obamacare Complications of not having a physician Physicians need to do better job of listening to patient Elected officials need to hear from public about what is really happening Total for Health Care 36 Independence Aging in Community Availability of community-based long term services and supports (home health/home care/adult day health services) *mobile meals & other home services have decreased funding & hard to serve in rural areas due to distance *hunger issues in AJ *medi management issues *VA assistance to help feed seniors *Need for volunteer bank, time bank, village concept *Due to cut backs, grant funding needed to keep services going in rural areas 9 Cost of community-based long term services and supports Respite options for family caregivers Social and civic engagement opportunities for quality of life 3 Advanced directives and end of life planning All ages educated and informed 3 Competency issues, legal barriers State needs centralized NDNR database accessible by all emergency personnel State needs long-term care plan; raise the standards for LTC facilities; provide ability to age in place/stay at home

4 Wheelchair accessibility Landlord issues Housing for low-income disabled older adults; HUD housing City of Maricopa no senior living but offers rent assistance Crime and need for increased patrol of streets Build community pride Seniors won t ask neighbors for help because they are uncomfortable/fearful of them Rural seniors who wanted ranches now can t keep them up in later life & are isolated Total for Independence Aging in 8 Community Retirement Security Lack of knowledge about retirement planning needs Fear of outliving assets Lack of pension, contribution plan or retirement savings Concern about sustainability of social security *Social security cuts *with social security, struggle with food 4 & housing Challenges or barriers to continued employment in later life Access to social security office (in Verde Valley) Family unable/unwilling to help financially Total for Retirement Security 0 Transportation Uncertainty of transportation options when giving up the keys *Lack of bike paths Cost of transportation (vehicle

5 ownership, transit options) Governor s Advisory Council on Aging Lack of knowledge on how to report atrisk drivers Funding needed to sustain transit options/providers Fear of becoming an at-risk driver Lack of options in rural areas 3 Lack of options in South Mountain impacts employment opportunities Distance between residences is barrier to transportation options in rural areas Total for Transportation concerns raised Gun regulations and competency Fund HOAs/neighborhood groups to collect share data on populations to help provide coordinated care Need for family history to leave a legacy Meth problem Speed bumps needed Issues with food at Senior Center How to hear from elected officials How to find out more about legislation and how to support Fire hydrants Street lights and sidewalks

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